Information from Santa Clara County Public Health Department
I am sure you got the much needed rest over the weekend!
Below is a copy and paste of the report all Superintendents are receiving from Santa Clara County Health Department. regularly. We received the report last night at 6:15 pm. I am forwarding it to you so you have the most recent updates in writing. They now have a Data Dashboard for the COVID-19 cases in Santa Clara County. All the information below is exactly what you find when you click Santa Clara County Public Health Department. There is information on VTA, Aiport Parking, FAQ's, Mortgage relief and more. Simply delete if you are not interested. However, I am sending this to keep you up to date with the most reliable source in our county. This is the entity making all the decisions. -- Continue to wash your hands and drink water. Take care, Alyssa
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From: SCC Liaison Officer <liaisonOfficer@eoc.sccgov.org>
Date: Mon, Mar 30, 2020 at 6:13 PM
Subject: COVID-19 Update - Monday, March 30, 2020
Dear Elected and Public Officials,
We write to provide our latest update related to the County’s COVID-19 response efforts. The seven-county Bay Area Public Health Order for people to shelter-in-place safely in their homes will soon be extended through at least May 1. Additional details about the Order will be available when it is finalized in the next day or two. Please see here for the joint media release that went out today on this subject.
We saw a large number of confirmed COVID-19 cases over the weekend, and we expect those numbers to rise more. It remains imperative to remind your constituents that “Every Contact Counts.” Each and every contact we have with people outside our household increases the risk of transmission. Everyone has a responsibility to reduce direct contact with others to the greatest extent possible. Our number one goal right now is to slow down transmission as fast as we can and in as many ways as we can to preserve our healthcare infrastructure.
COVID-19 Cases in Santa Clara County
Over the weekend, the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announced 8 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths to 28 in Santa Clara County. The County also reported 274 new cases, bringing our total number of confirmed cases to 848. More data can be found on the Public Health Department’s new Data Dashboard. (A new dashboard providing more information about hospitalizations will be coming soon.)
April 1 is Census Day
Even though we are sheltering in place, the Census 2020 count is moving forward. Data collected in the census is used for the appropriation of over $675 billion in annual federal funding and apportionment for the House of Representatives. California has a large hard-to-count population that has historically been undercounted. Please encourage your constituents to complete their Census forms online at my2020census.gov or by toll-free phone call at 844-330-2020. The Santa Clara County Census Office has created a video that you can share on Twitter and Facebook.
Governor Announces 90-Day Mortgage Payment Relief
Governor Gavin Newsom secured support from Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo and nearly 200 state-chartered banks, credit unions, and servicers to protect homeowners and consumers to provide mortgage relief for California residents.
These financial institutions will offer mortgage payment forbearances of up to 90 days to borrowers economically impacted by COVID-19. They will also not report derogatory tradelines (e.g., late payments) to credit reporting agencies for borrowers taking advantage of COVID-19-related relief. Additionally, financial institutions will not initiate foreclosure sales or evictions for at least 60 days.
Homeowners can get more details and apply for relief here.
VTA Makes Further Service Reductions Starting Today
In response to the evolving situation, VTA has announced further reductions and route adjustments starting Monday, March 30. Light Rail remains suspended until further notice, and bus bridge service will not be available. Express buses also remain suspended, except Line 181, which connects to BART service. Other routes have been adjusted to prioritize essential service to hospitals, health care facilities, pharmacies, grocery stores, food banks, shelters and other essential destinations. VTA is currently not collecting fares. A full list of changes can be found here.
Mineta San Jose International Airport Parking Changes
For travelers depending on SJC for essential travel, Economy Lot 1 is closed temporarily to reduce shuttle service and support social distancing. Lot 2 (Terminal A Garage) is available with the reduced Economy Lot 1 rate of $18 per day/max. All other on-site parking lots remain open. For real-time SJC parking information, visit https://www.flysanjose.com/parking.
COVID-19 Treatment for Immigrants and the Public Charge Rule
On Friday, the County of Santa Clara sent out an Emergency Alert. The following statement caused some confusion: “COVID-19 testing, treatment, and prevention will NOT be used in the ‘public charge’ rule.”
The public charge rule went into effect on February 24, 2020, and states that undocumented residents “are inadmissible to the United States if they are unable to care for themselves without becoming public charges.” In an attempt to not discourage immigrant residents from accessing needed care related to COVID-19, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has said they encourage everyone with symptoms, including undocumented residents, to seek this care and that doing so will not negatively affect them as part of a future public charge analysis.
Learn more in this article from the New England Journal of Medicine.
COVID-19 Care in the Houseless Community
The County of Santa Clara, City of San Jose, and Santa Clara County Continuum of Care Partners are working together to address the needs of houseless individuals affected by COVID-19. As of March 26, the County and City has secured the use of 172 hotel/motel rooms at sites in San Jose, Santa Clara, and Gilroy, and is continuing to secure additional temporary housing sites (including hotels and motels) for isolation and quarantine.
More information about efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 in the houseless community can be found here.
FAQs about the Local Health Officer Shelter in Place Order
We make regular updates to the FAQ documents for our local Public Health Order as new information becomes available. Your constituents can access them in the following languages:
If you as elected and public officials have questions or requests for information, please send them to liaisonOfficer@eoc.sccgov.org.
Any business, faith, nonprofit, or community leader with questions should contact email@example.com.
Any school-related questions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your essential leadership during this challenging time for our community,
County of Santa Clara Emergency Operations Center
This article was written by Alyssa Lynch, Superintendent at Metropolitan Education District, which operates Silicon Valley Career Technical Education and Silicon Valley Adult Education. She has been a critical voice for Career Technical Education for 25 years.